The Prowler

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"I want you to be my date, Rose."
The Prowler

The Prowler, also known as Rosemary's Killer, is a Slasher Flick from the year 1981. It was directed by Joseph Zito and the film's gore effects were done by the legendary Tom Savini. Both would later contribute their respective talents to another slasher film, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. It shares some themes with My Bloody Valentine, a fellow slasher released in the same year.

Starting at the year 1945, the film opens with a news reel depicting the homecoming American troops from World War Two. One of these returning troops isn't happy, as his girlfriend Rosemary had dumped him during the war (with a "Dear John" letter, no less).

Several months later at Rosemary's hometown Avalon Bay, he kills her and her new boyfriend during the towns annual graduation dance. He is never caught.

Cut to 35 years later, where the town prepares for its graduation dance once again. There hasn't been one since the events of the opening. The killer decides to partake on the event as well, armed with a pitchfork, a bayonet and a Sawed-Off Shotgun.

Tropes used in The Prowler include: